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Career and Education Opportunities for Plumbers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for plumbers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Currently, 11,000 people work as plumbers in Wisconsin. This is expected to grow 10% to about 12,120 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for plumbers are expected to grow by about 15.3%. In general, plumbers assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes.

Income for plumbers is about $28 hourly or $60,290 yearly on average in Wisconsin. Nationally, their income is about $21 hourly or $45,640 yearly. Incomes for plumbers are better than in the overall category of Plumbing in Wisconsin, and better than the overall Plumbing category nationally.

There are thirty-nine schools of higher education in the Milwaukee area, including three within twenty-five miles of Milwaukee where you can get a degree to start your career as a plumber. Plumbers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a plumber if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Plumber

Plumber video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, plumbers assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes.

Plumbers assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing and welding equipment. They also set up pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters, and fixtures such as sinks and toilets, using hand and power tools. Equally important, plumbers have to trim openings in structures to deal with pipes and pipe fittings, using hand and power tools. They are often called upon to fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to uncover and locate leaks. They are expected to measure and bend pipe to required angles, using hand and power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, and pipe-bending machines. Finally, plumbers study building plans and inspect structures to gauge material and equipment needs, to determine the sequence of pipe installations, and to develop installation around obstructions such as electrical wiring.

Every day, plumbers are expected to be able to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done. They need to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

It is important for plumbers to keep records of assignments and produce detailed work reports. They are often called upon to clear away debris in a renovation. They also perform complex calculations and planning for special or very large jobs. They are sometimes expected to ready written work cost estimates and negotiate contracts. Somewhat less frequently, plumbers are also expected to trim openings in structures to deal with pipes and pipe fittings, using hand and power tools.

Plumbers sometimes are asked to locate and mark the position of pipe installations and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels. They also have to be able to direct staff working on pipe cutting and preassembly and placement of plumbing systems and components and set up underground storm, sanitary and water piping systems and extend piping to connect fixtures and plumbing to these systems. And finally, they sometimes have to set up oxygen and medical gas in hospitals.

Like many other jobs, plumbers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Plumber Training

Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443. Milwaukee Area Technical College is a large college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 18,780 students and an admission rate of 54%. Milwaukee Area Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Plumber. They are:

  • Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.
  • Plumbing and Related Water Supply Services, Other Specialties, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Waukesha County Technical College - Pewaukee, WI

Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072-4601. Waukesha County Technical College is a medium sized college located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,955 students. Waukesha County Technical College has a one to two year program in Plumbing Technology/Plumber.

Gateway Technical College - Kenosha, WI

Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144-1690. Gateway Technical College is a medium sized college located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,587 students. Gateway Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Plumber. They are:

  • Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter, one to two year.
  • Plumbing Technology/Plumber, one to two year which graduated 12 students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Standard Journeyman Plumber: The International Code Council's National Contractor Trades Examination Program is an independent testing program designed to provide licensing agencies with information regarding.

For more information, see the International Code Council website.

Standard Residential Plumber: The International Code Council's National Contractor Trades Examination Program is an.

For more information, see the International Code Council website.

Journeyman Plumber: This certification is designed to test the knowledge that a journey level plumber has of the Uniform Plumbing Code published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Journeyman Pipefitter-Steamfitter: The NITC journey level pipefitting/steamfitting certification is based on a written examination that consists of 100 multiple choice questions.

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Medical Gas Installer 6010: This examination is covered under NITC's scope of accreditation by the American Standards Institute (ANSI).

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Medical Gas Specialist 6005: Candidates shall have successfully completed twenty-four (24) hours of training covering all facets of piped medical gas and medical-surgical vacuum systems.

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Medical Gas Maintenance Personnel 6040: Candidates must have completed thirty-two (32) hours of training in the maintenance of medical gas/vacuum systems, and have a minimum of one (1) year experience in the maintenance of medical gas/vacuum systems.

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Bulk Medical Gas Systems Installer 6015: Certification to this standard shall be through a method approved by the firm's Quality Control Unit (QCU).

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

IAPMO Mechanical Inspector: IAPMO's National Personnel Certification Program for Inspectors, Plans Examiners and Code Administrators is a nationally recognized, comprehensive testing and certification program that assesses the knowledge of construction codes as an indicator of competence and professionalism.

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Automatic Sprinkler System Layout: This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the layout and detailing of automatic sprinkler systems which must meet existing and proposed code and statutory requirements.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

LICENSES

PLUMBER, Journeyman

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBER, Journeyman Restricted Appliance

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBER, Journeyman Restricted Service

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBER, Master

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBER, Master Restricted Appliance

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBER, Master Restricted Service

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBING, Apprentice

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBING, Cross Connection Control tester

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBING, Learner Restricted Appliance

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

PLUMBING, Learner Restricted Service

Licensing agency: Dept of Commerce
Address: Safety & Buildings, 201 W. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 7082, Madison, WI 53707-7082

Phone: (608) 261-8500
Website: Dept of Commerce Safety & Buildings

LOCATION INFORMATION: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 604,477, which has grown by 1.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Milwaukee, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Milwaukee cost $167,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, ninety-six new homes were built in Milwaukee, down from one hundred sixty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Milwaukee are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 18.3% of Milwaukee residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 10.6%, which is greater than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Milwaukee residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.5%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of the Epiphany, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church and German Full Gospel Church are among the churches located in Milwaukee. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Milwaukee is home to the Caroline Hall and the Wood as well as Cannon Park and Fifth Ward Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Juneau Village Shopping Center, Times Square Shopping Center and Grand Avenue Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Milwaukee can choose from Edge-O-Town Motel, Manor House Hotel and Days Inn West Allis for temporary stays in the area.